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Nov 6, 2015
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UK brokers take opposing bets on future of trading

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Old broking rivals ICAP and Tullett Prebon are chewing over a deal that lets them take opposing views on the future of trading. ICAP is in talks to sell its voice-trading business and related bits to Tullett Prebon in return for stock, some of which would go to the seller’s shareholders. It’s messy, but has some logic to it.

Nov 4, 2015
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Boardroom gender targets only do half the job

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If money talks, it may soon speak up for gender equality. A review for the British government is recommending that bonuses paid to City executives should be linked to how many senior women they employ.

Nov 4, 2015
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Oil funds misery may leak into global markets

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Turbulent equities have inflicted unusually big losses on nations which invest oil wealth in global markets. Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, is an example. In a neat circularity, the misery of such energy-dependent funds may find a way of leaking into financial markets.

Oct 16, 2015
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Uncertain central bankers leave markets stranded

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

When the blind lead the blind, there’s little confidence in the direction of travel. Something of the sort is going on in global markets. Central bankers are giving out unclear directions and investors are wondering just where they should go.

Oct 16, 2015
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Uncertain central bankers leave markets stranded

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

When the blind lead the blind, there’s little confidence in the direction of travel. Something of the sort is going on in global markets. Central bankers are giving out unclear directions and investors are wondering just where they should go.

Sep 11, 2015
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Cameron’s EU bind has a Marxist tinge

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

A new European Union court ruling is highlighting an old Marxist divide which could influence whether Britain stays or leaves the bloc. The split pits bosses complaining about EU rules against workers wanting better protection. It is one Prime Minister David Cameron will struggle to bridge.

Sep 8, 2015
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Breakdown: Migrant crisis reshapes Europe politics

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An influx of hundreds of thousands of people from war-torn Syria into the European Union is causing huge political rifts. The result could be backlashes against immigrants and the European Union. Here’s a breakdown of what’s at stake.

The numbers are only part of the story

The inflow of migrants is not that large in absolute terms. Nearly 340,000 were detected at the European Union’s borders in the first seven months of the year, according to regional border agency Frontex. It would take a 15-fold increase for the numbers to amount to even 1 percent of the EU’s population.

Sep 8, 2015
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Breakdown: Migrant crisis reshapes Europe politics

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An influx of hundreds of thousands of people from war-torn Syria into the European Union is causing huge political rifts. The result could be backlashes against immigrants and the European Union. Here’s a breakdown of what’s at stake.

The numbers are only part of the story

The inflow of migrants is not that large in absolute terms. Nearly 340,000 were detected at the European Union’s borders in the first seven months of the year, according to regional border agency Frontex. It would take a 15-fold increase for the numbers to amount to even 1 percent of the EU’s population.

Aug 26, 2015
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Investors struggle to find true safe havens

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Working out what is truly safe has become a risky business. Traditional boltholes such as U.S. and German bonds or the Swiss franc are benefiting less than might be expected from huge gyrations in equities or concerns China’s economy is slowing.

Aug 26, 2015
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Investors struggle to find true safe havens

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Working out what is truly safe has become a risky business. Traditional boltholes such as U.S. and German bonds or the Swiss franc are benefiting less than might be expected from huge gyrations in equities or concerns China’s economy is slowing.

    • About Swaha

      "Swaha is a columnist for Reuters Breakingviews. She has been covering financial markets and policymaking for 22 years, reporting on key economic and monetary milestones and breaking market-moving news. She was responsible for regional FX, bonds and stock market teams as Reuters EMEA Markets editor between 2008 and 2013. She was Senior Economics Correspondent in France between 2005 and 2008, European Economics and Monetary Affairs Correspondent in Brussels between 2001 and 2005 and headed up the Reuters FX reporting desk in London between 1998 and 2001. Swaha previously worked at Bloomberg, Euromoney and IDEA."
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